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Howard University, WHUR, & FedEx Host Food Drive to Help Federal Workers

Cans of Soup in Baskets

WHUR Hosts Food Drive with FedEx and Howard University on Jan. 24 and 25

(WASHINGTON - January 18, 2019)  Howard University, WHUR, and FedEx are teaming up to restock the shelves of federal workers in the DMV. Staff members will visit highly populated local government and private industry buildings in the DMV on Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25 where employees are scheduled to bring much needed non-perishable food for their federal government counterparts. Additional donations from the community are welcomed. 

Recent news reports have documented how furloughed federal employees in the DMV are having a tough time making ends meet as they continue to wait to receive a paycheck.  Howard University, WHUR 96.3FM, and FedEx are leading an effort to host a rolling food collection drive throughout the region urging local government and private sector workers to bring canned goods to help lessen the burden for their colleagues.

“It has now been over a month since thousands of federal workers have been off their jobs without pay.  Many are having to make some tough decisions about day to day living. We hope this ‘rolling food collection drive’ will help to keep meals on the table for these employees,” said WHUR Interim General Manager Sean Plater.

The goal each day is to pack the FedEx truck with enough food to feed hundreds of federal workers, added Plater. All donations collected will go to the Capital Area Food Bank, which has been hosting weekly food giveaways for furloughed workers and contractors.

Scheduled Donation Stops

  • Howard’s Administration Building – Thursday, January 24th 5am-9am
  • John A. Wilson Building – Thursday, January 24th 11am – 2pm
  • Wayne Curry Administration Building - Friday, January 25th 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Alexandria City Hall – Friday, January 25th 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

For more information, contact the WHUR News Director Renee Nash at 202-806-3623 or rnash@whur.com